With the rise of reported hate crimes in America’s top ten largest cities, one of President Donald Trump’s appointee had the audacity to suggest that the majority of hate crimes were hoaxes, and he also questioned the “racism” behind the n-word.
It seems that Trump’s association with racism continues to rear its ugly head as Eric Blankenstein, a senior policy director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), questioned whether the use of the n-word was racist in a blog post he wrote in 2004.
Co-writing under anonymous pen names called egb3r: “Fine….let’s say they called him nigger….would that make them racists, or just assholes looking for the most convenient way to get under his skin?”
In addition to Blankenstein’s beliefs on the usage of the n-word, he would later asserts that “hate-crime hoaxes are about three times as prevalent as actual hate crimes.”
In 2017, hate crimes reported to the authorities in the ten largest cities have risen 12.5 percent, and it is the fourth consecutive annual increase and the highest total in more than a decade, according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
The cities in question are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose. Although the report shows that New York, Chicago, and San Antonio have experienced fewer hate crimes in the previous year, cities such as Houston, Philadelphia and San Jose, in particular, have disproportionately spiked 11, 33, 91, and even 132 percent.
Blankenstein, 39, is a supervisor of lenders and an enforcer of consumer protection laws, including matters involving civil rights legislation that maintains fair lending to marginalized groups from discriminatory practices through the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
The appointee once held a position as a private-sector lawyer who represented for banks involved in regulatory investigations, but since he joined the CFPB in December, he successfully reduced the bureau responsible as a watchdog for the consumers.
It is worth noting that Trump, whose business practices have been pledge with lawsuits and failures, has been pursuing to curb the nation’s financial and consumer watchdogs industry, which, in 2010, the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform to conceive the CFPB Act.